Fueling Our Future: An Introduction to Sustainable Energy

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Cambridge University Press, 2007 M04 19
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One of the most important issues facing humanity today is the prospect of global climate change, brought about primarily by our prolific energy use and heavy dependence on fossil fuels. Fueling Our Future: An Introduction to Sustainable Energy provides a concise overview of current energy demand and supply patterns. It presents a balanced view of how our reliance on fossil fuels can be changed over time so that we have a much more sustainable energy system in the near future. Written in a non-technical and accessible style, the book will appeal to a wide range of readers without scientific backgrounds.

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Page 34 - the balance of evidence suggests a discernible human influence on global climate' [5], and was sufficiently confident by the time of the Third Assessment Report to conclude that 'there is new and stronger evidence that most of the warming observed over the last 50 years is attributable to human activities...
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Page 30 - ... minimize, or at least reduce, the rapid increase in global CO2 concentration levels being predicted for the twenty-first century. At the present time these discussions are primarily focused on obtaining international agreement for limiting the production of greenhouse gases under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which was formally adopted in 1992 in New York. Under this convention the most heavily industrialized countries, including the OECD...
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Robert Evans is the Methanex Professor of Clean Energy Systems and founding Director of the Clean Energy Research Centre in the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He was previously Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean of Applied Science at UBC. He is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the UK Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and the US Society of Automotive Engineers. Prior to spending the last 25 years in academia he worked in the UK Central Electricity Research Laboratory, for the British Columbia Energy Commission, and the British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. He is the author or co-author of over 130 publications, and holds four US patents.

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